Of the many vueltas, I "Sancista Luis" will be talking about in this article, I would like to start of with Anaisa Pye, pronounced Ah-Nah-Ee-Sah, Pee-Yeh. Other variations of the spelling of her name are Anaisa Pie "Pee-Yeh", Ana Isapie and Ana Isa Pierre.
She is one of the most loved and most venerated Loa within 21 Division and Sanse, and for good reason, she is the Mistress of Love and all good things that life has to offer. Each tradition although they have many similarities, views her in a different light. In both traditions she is the wife of Belie Belcan, although in 21 Division she is often synchronized with the young Mary who stands next to her grandmother, Santa Ana "Mama Ana Mambo", in Sanse "in many cases" it is Juana De Arco, that is used to represent Anaisa, and there is a reason for it in which I will go deeper as you read. But in both traditions, she is known as "la mujer del viejo Belie Belcan" and where ever there is one, the other is surely to follow, as these two Loases are inseparable.
Although many think Anaisa is just a Rada Lwa, or an African Spirit, in all her vueltas she is not. Many vueltas of Anaisa Pye are Native Loa, a Loa de la Raiz; a root Loa who resided in the Caribbean way before the Europeans came to the Americas, as well as a Petro Loa, and like Legba she is a Loa that manifests her energies in some form in every Division.
In the Taino language Anaisa can be broken down to "Ana" meaning Yellow or golden flower, "I" being that of Spirit, Ni being that of water, and Xa pronounced Chah, a loving nickname given to daughters, meaning little one. Many Taino women had the name Ana within their name or Iza as in the Dominican female Cacique Anacaona and the Puerto Rican Cacique Yuiza, both of whom are seen as vueltas of Anaisa within their respected traditions. So the name in itself although roughly can be translated to, Little Child of the Golden River Flower.
Anaisa is the Queen of love, feminine power, independence, strength, and laughter and personifies female beauty, flirtatiousness, sexuality, sexual allure, desire, joy, hearth, home, and family. She is often misunderstood in the caballo she rides, and the banco she sits in as a harlot, prostitute, femme fatale or lady of the night, and although she often manifests her energies and uses her
feminine wiles in humans in a way that we may suggest or misunderstand her as such, she is so much more. She personifies Female strength, endurance, the strength of family and the survival skills needed to endure in a harsh world that has often been claimed as a man's world, and at any costs necessary she will use her gifts and charms to get her way and get things done and survive.
Through out history Anaisa has manifested her ambiguous energy through her children and in human forms through out the world, she has manifested in the Biblical, Queen Jezebel, in Cleopatra, Mary Magdeline, Salome with her dance of the seven veils, the Prostitute who anointed Jesus feet with oils, perfumes and tears, as well as Marie Antonette; whom if any of these women were men would have gone down in History as a force to be reckoned with, and not as woman who did not know their place in a "Man's World". She is the great female Caciques known as Anacaona and Yuiza, whom for their people the Taino, lost their lives. Men within history have tried to destroy, belittle, degrade or erase these powerful iconic historic females, but because of Anaisa and her close "but not the same" African counterpart Ochun, they have prevailed in the minds of the modern world both in male and female.
In 21 Division Anaisa Pye is always accompanied by her grandmother Matresse Mambo Ana, who is Saint Anne, while Anaisa is the young Mary. In her Haitian vuelta Santa Ana is Mambo Lasaille and Anaisa is Mademoiselle Anais. Anaisa Pye loves to dance and when she mounts her horses, she asks for her beer, anise liquor or champagne which she adds 7 drops of Colognia Pompeya, one of her favorite perfumes in which she also anoints herself from head to toe and then back up again with it.
Her drinks are always served in a champagne glass. She asks for her lit cigarette and ask for her golden and yellow satin with lace pañuelo "fula", and loves her jewelry, perfumes, yellow floral arrangements, pink or amber honey, fresh milk and fragrant feminine talc powders.
Her Servicios are always accompanied by yellow candles, anointed with virgin olive oil or a sweet smelling oil, or oil lanterns done in the same way. She loves expensive yellow flowers, mirrors, make up, Spanish fans, and accessories. In fiestas she is the life of the party, she is always cheerful, and full of laughter, especially when it comes to courting and flirting with men. When she dances her influences is often felt by all those around her.
Titi / Ti Yuana Pyè is believed by many to be a young Bruja "Witch" but in actuality she is that and so much more, she is also a great Medium, and in life was believed to be an Espiritista Mediamnidad de Mano Derecha and Presidente de Mesa.
Like Juana de Arco who received messages from San Miguel, Santa Margarita and Santa Caterina, in Sanse Anaisa la Chiquitita / Ti Yuana Pyè is a muertera / Espiritista who brings visions, prophesies and premonitions.
She walks in Centros Espiritistas de la Mesa Blanca Criolla and Folclorica pouring her facultades and corrientes espirituales. Like Anaisa Pyè, Ti Yuana Pyè is always surrounded by Belie Belcan and works with him under the Ogun, the Macole and Fuego Division, but she is also an India who works Agua Dulce and is a great curandera, yerbera and or a santiguadora who heals those in battle with the tools Ogoun has given her, thus she also works closely with Ogun Balendjo. As a Santiaguadora and Curandera she helps to heal psychic attacks and helps give strength and endurance in psychic warfare. She helps Curanderas and Santiguadores, in cleansing the aura of any astral larvae, etheric parasites, removing the negative energies of psychic vampires, and cleanses the auric layer of Empaths, she aids in cleansing the body of filth and dirt that the individual may pick up. She often cleanses with spiritual waters, oils, perfumes and seven drops of Pompeya Cologne, which to it is added a yellow, white or orange lily flower with a miniature golden metal sword to represent both Belie Belcan and Ogou Balendjo. Her colors are gold, red and blue, and while she is very feminine, she also has a Marimacha aspect to her because she is a fighter who does not get intimidated very easily. Often to those who serve her, her image is placed alongside San Miguel and Santa Ana; San Miguel is always placed in the center.
DE ANAISA PYE
Although seven are the most widely known Vueltas, and the most that manifest within Fiestas Espirituales, Anaisa Pye is the first to say she only has seven, but this of course is known by her servitors as "a little white lie", and is a way for her to protect her identity and that of her children's Cuadro Espiritual from others. Anaisa has many vueltas although 7 are the main ones and she is one of the few Lwa who has a vuelta in almost every Division, and is one of the few Metresa Loa who can be around the Ghuede, including her close friend, rival and comadre, Metres Lubana "Mama Chimbi / Santa Marta La Dominadora". But no matter what vuelta she chooses to manifest herself as, and only the true servitors know her name, she will often proclaim. "Bonswa yo soy Anaisa Pye!, or Las Buenas Noches Criollos, yo soy Anaisa Pye.". Anaisa often comes as the wife or maiden, but it is not unheard of that she comes as Aracoel ancient Grand Mother, I'naru' the ripe Woman or Nana the maiden Girl child.
ANAISA PYE BASICO
Anaisa Pye Basico as she is known in the Dominican Republic. Anaisa Pye in one of her eldest of vueltas and is the one that is most widely known and venerated. She as most of her vueltas is a woman of Indigenous blood, or a mix of Indigenous and African or Indigenous and European. But as Anaisa, this Metresa Lwa, pertains to the Indian Division, or the Agua Dulce Division, and is one of the few of that Division who enjoys her liquor, especially golden beer, anisette liquor or sweet champagne. In this aspect she is the Golden flower, the Lady of the Sun Flower, lady of the lake and stream, who enjoys her pumpkins, honey, Cinnamon, mimosas, lirios, girasoles and golden silks. Anaisa Pye in this vuelta as in most works the element of water, while Belie Belcan works the elements of air and fire and does not work water. In this vuelta Anaisa works for him in all travajos espirituales involving Belie Belcan and water.
It is this Anaisa and her mother Sili Freda "Metresili" who are often mistaken with the African Orisha known as Ochun, but Anaisa does have a separate vuelta who is more closely associated with Ochun, known as Cachita Tumbo.
Cachita Tumbo although a vuelta of Anaisa, is an ancient Taino River Spirit, known as Coatrisque. In this aspect she is a great lover, but also a dangerous advisory as she not only governs over the rivers, but also floods, which devours and envelopes anything in her path, it is this vuelta that is the closest in association to the African Orisha Ochun, as the name Cachita is used for Ochun and both are synchronized with La Caridad del Cobre. The name Cachita is said to come from the Taino word Cacica, meaning Female Chief.
Anaisso is her Haitian Vuelta and pertains to the Petro Division. She is a powerful Mambo who works her wangas and bilongos by the river, and speaks a mix dialect of Haitian Kreyol and Dominican, she is both Patua and Cibao. In this aspect she dresses in Gold and Black.
ANAISA GUINE LUÀ
Anaisa Guine Luá is a Lwa Mambo who has most of her blood in Africa. In this vuelta Anaisa Guine Luá is very stern, always serious and very austere, unlike most of her vueltas which are happy, flirtatious and light hearted. In this older "Aracoel Grand mother"
more mature vuelta, she dresses in amber, gold, yellow and white.
CORONELA ANAISA LA FRONTE
Coronela Anaisa La Fronte, is a great Nitaino warrior Loa, that pertains to the Ogun Division. This is her least feminine aspect, and is a mighty warrior who fights alongside Belie Belcan and uses his colors, Red, Green and Blue. In this vuelta she is a militant warrior, and has much masculine qualities, which is so unlike the rest of her vueltas who are more feminine. Often this vuelta is viewed as a Lezbian, as she fights alongside male loa and completely ignores flirting or courting with men. She fights with her Machetes or swords which is often tied with the colors associated with Belie Belcan.
ANAISA LA GAGA
Anaisa la Gaga is the vuelta that works under the Division Lebane and works closely with Papa Legba. In this vuelta she loves to dance and twirl, and speakes in studders, as every time she turns another vuelta or spirit of Anaisa manifests.
ANAISA APIE SAUCO
Anaisa Apie Sauco, Ana Isapie Sauco orAnaisa Oko sister of "Azaka" Saka de Pye, she often works close with Anaisa la Gaga, and blesses all with the fruites of their labor, by opening the doors of better buisness. She is the buisness woman, lady of the marketplace, hardest worker of the vueltas, and often works with Gran Bua, Osanj, and sends Belie Belcan to bless those who work hard and toil the earth. She is also a great yerbera, curandera and santiguadora, who prepares sobos with her herbs, roots, perfumes and cleanses and heals those that come to her. She is the ancient Indian Wise woman, both female I'naru' Behique and I'naru Bohitu " Female Taino Priestess and Shaman" who works with Gran Bua, Gran Bosque, and Osanje, and all the elementals and Loases of the forests and knows the healing and medical properties of every herb. She is also a great story teller, and enjoys an Arieto party done in old Taino and Arawaque fashion. Although in this vuelta she lives in the deep woods or swamp lands away from society, she is always willing to heal those that seach her ancient wisdom.
In this aspect she is la Nana who mourns.and suffers the atrosity done to the Taino people. She morns the deaths of her children and husbands, the Nitaino Warriors and Naboria to the mistreament, diseases, rape, kidnapping and enslavement brought on to her home land. She is ofren seen manifesting in areas where many of her people lost their lives, and she is a Muertera gathering their souls in her motherly embrace. In this aspect she dresses in royal purple, black and gold trims.
NENA ANAISA LA CHIQUITA
Nena Anaisa La Chiquita is one of the youngest vueltas of Anaisa, and she pertains to the Marasa. She enjoys sweets, chocolates, and enjoys everything that is feminine. It is this vuelta who is associated with the young Mary next to Santa Ana and she is also known as Ana Maria Chica and one of the most innocent of Anaisa vueltas who enjoys the simplicity of flowers and sweetness of sugar cane, but with a simple turn of her dance can become mature and sexual.
The relationship of Anaisa and her parents Ogun Balendjo and Metresili "Metres Mambo Esili Freda Daome" in this vuelta is a rocky one. She was raised by Maîtresse Erzulie, her grandmother "Santa Ana". In this vuelta she does not get along well with her mother Metresili "Erzulie Freda / Metres Mambo Esili Freda Daome", as Metresili does not approve of her daughters tactics and relationship with her husband. Often Anaisa Pye flirts with her father Ogun Balendjo who did not raise her; she does this so that she can get what ever she wants from her father, who spoils her. Metresili also does not approve of the relationship Anaisa holds with her father, as she often backs him to a wall to get that which she desires. Ogun Balendjo loves his daughter deeply, and feels a some what remose for not raising her, that he gives her all she desires.
ANAISA DANTŐ PIER
Anaisa Dantó Pier This is the fierce niece / daughter of Ersulie Dantor, and like her aunt / mother she is a fierce Petro Loa. She is strong, aggressive, and often argumentative, who is viewed as spoiled, arrogant and throws tantrums in mammoth proportions, which Dantor instilled to spite Sili Freda, "Anaisa's birth mother". In this vuelta she comes under the Petro and Guede, and is a very fierce aggressive Loa.
Anaisa Sangriñé is a Petro vuelta of Anaisa who enjoys a party and enjoys to drink beer and sangria, but with the more she consumes liquor the more violent and dangerous she can be. She is of brute force, who loves to dance and laugh but if offended she will begin to cry like her mother Metresili "Ersili Freda" and will become defensive and often violent. In this vuelta she dresses in red, yellow and gold.
Mademoiselle Anaís or Anaisa la Haitiana Is the youngest daughter of Metresili, and often is the mouthpiece of her mother as she always speaks for her, since she knows the will and desires of her mother. Although Mademoiselle Anaís is one of the youngest of her vueltas, in this punto she is very feminine, independent, sensual, flirty, coquettish and statuesque. Yellow and gold sequined dresses with glitter is her favorite clothing and she often wears heavy makeup, high heels, lots of jewelry, fans, and mirrors, she enjoys her cigarettes and drinks champagne with a hint of pompeya perfume. In this vuelta, Mademoiselle Anaís refuses beer, and besides her champagne enjoys Aguardiente, Brandy, Absinthe, Anisette, and Sambucca.
There is a story that says that Anaisa was conceived in Africa, but born in Aiti /Quisqueya. Her mother Metresili and her father Ogun Balendjo tried to raise her, but they had their hands full as the suffering of their people in the New World had them very occupied. At age 3 Metresili brought young Anaisa Pye to a Catholic monastery, and left her there with a nun, who was to raise and care for Anaisa until she reached adulthood. Unknown to Metresili the nun was actually her mother Gran Sili who transformed herself into a white Spanish nun. Gran Sili raised Anaisa until she was 13. At this age Anaisa wanted her freedom and became the Loa she is today.
GRAN MADRE ANAISA
La Gran Madre Anaisa or Anaisa La Grande is a vuelta of Gran Maîtresse Erzulie, who is also known as Ana Mambo Pye or Ana Mandro Piel, she is the one sinchrenized with Santa Ana. La Gran Madre Anaisa is the Indian Punto of the Rada Loa Gran Maîtresse Erzulie, mother of Ersili Freda "Metresili" and Ersili Dantor, and as the other is loving, wise, benevolent, a wise counselor and a sage woman who is as wise and as immortal as time itself. Her colors in this vuelta are soft pink, yellows and white, and is a Loa of cleanliness and order. It is she who as a loving grandmother raised Anaisa, child of Ersili Freda "Metresili".
ANA MANDRO PIEL
Ana Mandro Piel, or Matresse Mambo Ana, this vuelta of Anaisa is the mother of all the vueltas of the Metresas, and she is mature, wise, ancient, benevolent, and has become like her daughter Metresili, Erzulie Freda.
ANAISA LA RADA
Anaisa La Rada is the Spanish name and vuelta of La Gran Madre Anaisa and Gran Maîtresse Erzulie, mother of Erzulie Freda "Metresili" and Erzulie Dantor. She is a highly venerated Punto of Anaisa, and is the Mother of authority. The great mistress, priestess loa, she sits in the council of the highest of Rada Loa.
Olufero or Elefuro, is Anaisa in her ancient Arara Rada Yoruba Orisha Queen vuelta that never mounts a human head for she is a primordial Imole "Irunmole", and is closely associated to Dambala and a path of Obatala. In this aspect she governs over the sweet scented oils, sweet waters and will not take perfumes but pure fragrant essential oils, she also loves silver combs, mirrors and black dolls dressed in Gold and White.
ANAISA LA CONGA
Anaisa la Conga is the vuelta who is a powerful Palera and is closely associated to Mama Chola Wengue, and Bombozira of Congolese, Bantu and Arawaque Origin. Like many of her puntos or vueltas, Anaisa La Conga is not to be called on lightly and unless one is her child and pertains to her mysteries. She is a wealthy Loa, who is often arrogant tempermental and bitter when crossed the wrong way. She works under the Petro Loa and is close to Legba Carifou, and loves a great Palo Fiesta, in which she asks for an offering of a Calf and much beer. Anaisa la Conga dresses in gold, black, amber, brown, red and yellow. Like her mother Metresili she wears much jewelry and a ring on every finger. But don't expect this vuelta to come weeping, she fills the area with laughter, but curses and punishes those that do not meet her lavish demands. In this vuelta she is similar to the Brazilian Pomba Gira of the Umbanda tradition and also resides in the crossroads with Legba Carifou, and the Congolese Lucero Mundo, Pambu Nzila, which is her Consort.
Anaisa Guedé is the Punto of Anaisa in Guede the great comadre of Marta la Bruja, and rival of la Baronesa, as she often flirts with el Baron del Cementerio. She is a great muertera in this vuelta and works closely and under el Baron del Cementerio and Guede Limbo. Her colors hear are purple, pink and gold, and is a guedesa whose pranks and mannerism rival that of Luis Ghede.
Anaisa Guedé works strong wangas with el Baron del Cementerio, and often flirts with him so that he may teach her his mysteries and secrets. This she does by wearing lots of perfume, wearing red and hot pink dresses, and using her fans and honey to provoke the Baron. She is also a master in the arts of flirtimg with the Spanish fan, and dips her fingers in her jiguera of pink honey to entice him. In part Anaisa does so to learn his secrets as much as she does this to aggravate her rival La Baronesa who is the Queen of the Cemetery, and has little tolerance for Anaisa's ways. These two Metresa do not get along, and are never in the same room together, as Anaisa always tests La Baronesa's patience and provokes a fight, in which she then runs to el Baron, proclaiming to be the victim of La Baronesa's wrath.
Papa Guedé Limbo and Anaisa Guedé's relationship is that of a sibling rivalry relationship, often that of an older brother and the intolerant younger sister. They often disagree, fight, bicker, and are often competitive. But this compairs little to Anaisa's relationship with the other Ghede, especially Luis Guedé. Now while most Meteresas retreat and leave as soon as the foul acting Ghuede "Guedé" come along. Anaisa Guedé takes it upon herself to provoke them. She dislikes their profanity, and calls them dirty, as she pours beer, champagne or even perfume on them, to remove the stench of rotting flesh.
ANAISA LA GRIGRI
Anaisa Fé Grigri or Fe Gri Gri In this vuelta Anaisa is the Gypsi, similar to that of Pomba Gira Cigana in the Umbanda Tradition. She dances in twirls like a belly dancer or flamenco and spins in spirals and is the feminine aspect of Lucero Mundo. She is the great Gypsi Witch who prepares potions and concoctions, and fortells the future with Tarot, Spanish Fortune Telling Cards, Dice, Crystal Balls, Palmistry, tea leaves and even cigars. She is the great maker of charms, talismans and amulets, and although she is a little older than many of the Vueltas, she is still beautiful, exotic, flirtatious and coquettish, who is never without her Spanish Fan made out of peacock feathers or lace. In this vuelta she dresses in Black and Red or Gold and Black.
ANAISO LA PÉ MANDÉ
Anaisó La Pé Mandé. When William Congreve, wrote the famouse line in, The Mourning Bride, 1697. " Heaven has no Rage, like Love to Hatred turned, Nor Hell a Fury, like a Woman scorned." If he was not talking about this vuelta of Anaisa, he should have been. Anaisó La Pé Mandé, is another Punto Petro of Anaisa Pye, who is as dangerous and savage as an encaged beast. She is the India of the Amazon Rain forest who runs free and wild as a leapard or tigress and is as wild and as dangerous. But also morns the murder, rape, and atrocities done to her people. When not angered Anaisó La Pé Mandé is an indomitable rebel, yet authoritative and perfectionist, who like almost all her vueltas loves to dance Palo music. She enjoys her yellow scarves and tiger or leopard prints.
ANAISA CANDELO PYE
Anaisa Candelo Pye is the comadre of Candelo and Candelina, and spiritual godmother of Candelito. (Candelito's spiritual godfather is Belie Belcan.). She is the daughter of Ogou Chango known as Anaina or Chango Aiña. In this vuelta she dresses in Gold, white and Red, and is a very passionate Misterio and great lover, guardian, protector and teacher of orphaned children.
Anaisa is very close to her compadre / padrino, Candelo Cedife, and although Anaisa is a very liberated Loa, always flirtacious she is always on her best behavior when she is near Candelo, who is Belie Belcan's closest of friends. Anaisa and Candelo's relationship is that of a love hate relationship, although each hold a mutual respect for one another for the sake of Belie Belcan, and of course his piece of mind. Often Candelo scolds or chastisises Anaisa for her flirtarious ways, but Anaisa knows all the mysteries of charming both men and spirit, and she does the same with Candelo Cedife, who has a soft spot for her. Unlike her love hate relationship with Mama Chimbi / Metres Lubana / Santa Marta La Dominadora and other Metresas, Anaisa Pye adores Candelina, as she is said to be the godmother of Candelito.
In this vuelta Anaisa Candelo Pye works alongside Candelina Cedife and is the vuelta to Chango's daughter of fire Anaina "Aiňa", who are both guardians of the souls of women who where burned alive in the steak and fire. She embodies both the heat of passion, fire itself, and the lakes of fire.
ANAISO SIMBI PYE
Anaisó Simbí Pye is the Mistress of the fresh waters, she is an Undine water nymph. In this vuelta she is a powerful witch, and river snakes and anacondas are her messengers. But although she resides in sweet waters, she is just as comfortable in ocean water surrounded by La Sirena, Ague Taroyo and all the spirits and courts of the sea, who spoil her with all the lost treasures of the sea. She dresses in golds, aqua, and pink, in honor of all the Divisions that she is close to.
Besides Candelina one of the few Metresas to get along with Anaisa is Mama Chimbi / Lubana Filomina "Santa Marta la Dominadora". Their relationship is often playful and competitive, but at times can get a bit over bearing. When it comes to handsome new lobo or servidor, both fight for the head like.two venemous vipers, in a battle that usually last the individuals entire life, as both are often to arrogant and self absorbed to give in. When they are not bickering over a male, they often work Wangas together especially those of dominating a lover. In this vuelta the serpents she works "in acts of love or lust" is the male sperm and the female ovum egg.
Anaisa Limina, she is the one of the threshold, between life and death, and in this vuelta she is closely associated with the Bendita Anima Solas.
ANAISA DE LAS SIETE VUELTAS
AnaIsa de las 7 Vueltas, this is a gypsy who dances in Flamenco Duende fashion, with her Spanish skirt of seven ruffles, and enjoys lots of jewelry, hair combs, perfumes and consults by reading palms or looking into the palm of her right hand "which is a mirror' as she consults others. She is unpredictable, and like a Sybil is a prophet or oracle, you never know what mood you are gonna get as it changes quickly. She enjoys fans, and lace Spanish combs and mantillas.
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